September 22nd

Roy’s Ramblings

Well, we have held three of our cottage gatherings at the parsonage (Affectionately being called the Ice House) so far, and we have gotten to know some truly amazing folks. (By the way, there are still plenty of spaces left to sign up for the rest in the foyer of the church and if we need to … we will add more.) We have heard life stories, learned many reasons folks have come to Nashville UMC, heard many reasons why folks keep coming to Nashville UMC, and have heard some wonderful ideas on projects, ministries, improvements, changes, and reasons why to keep doing many of the things we are currently doing.

I have also started getting to know some of our folks that may not be able to attend on Sunday Mornings or even to attend a cottage gathering by sending cards, making personal visits, phone calls, or even being stopped on the streets of town to chat. I would love to get to know everyone that has any relationship with our church, but I know that there will be some that fall through the cracks. So, I guess this note to folks is this: I’m getting there … and if I somehow miss you … please do not take it personally but instead give me a call/text/email or stop by the office. I genuinely want to know you all.

If for any reason you haven’t attended Sunday Morning services for awhile … we would love to see you come back. We have some special and wonderful stuff coming up in the next few months: Oct 1 is World Communion Sunday where we will be sharing in Communion using breads representing a variety of countries around the world; October 8, 15, 22, and 29 is our annual Stewardship Campaign and we will be having a Carry-In meal after church on October 29th; November 5 is All Saints Sunday where we will be remembering our members that have gone on to Everlasting Life Victorious with the lighting of candles; November 19 we will be celebrating /recognizing the 100th anniversary of the Triptych (3 paneled cross on the front wall of the sanctuary) which was made by a community member 100 years ago. (The family will be in attendance and we will be having our Thanksgiving meal following that service); and then that evening we will be having the community Hymn Sing at NUMC at 6pm; and of course Advent starts December 3rd ending on Christmas Eve with our traditional Candlelight Service. So plan to came to any or all of these special times and bring your family and friends. (Also, it isn’t a Sunday Service … but you are personally invited to come be with us at the 51st FallFare on October 7th as well … Village Green … 8a.m. – 3p.m.)

So, folks, don’t be a stranger. Don’t feel like there isn’t a place for you and yours. Don’t feel like you are not wanted or loved or welcomed or needed. Because I (we) love you, appreciate you, need you, and want to include you in the community and family of God.

Bless You All – and May you Always Bless Others in Jesus’ Name

– Pastor Roy